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Christmas the Season for Port

Christmas the Season for Port | Wine Liquid Lisbon | Scoop.it

In some ways Port is a most English drink – all tradition, endurance and establishment.  

Port as we know it was born from the chronic Anglo-French scrapping of the 17th and 18th centuries. French imports of pretty much everything, including wine, were banned by Charles II in 1667. England needed a new source of wine. Our old friend Portugal was poised. The two nations had agreed mutually beneficial trading concessions back in 1386, and in the years since many English and Scottish merchants had set up in Portugal. Names such as Taylor’s, Warre’s, Cockburn’s, Campbell’s, Graham’s and Croft tell of this old association.

Vintage Port 

House style plays a part. Taylor’s vintage port is known for its refined power, Dow’s for its opulence, and Fonseca (a house with Portuguese roots, now part of the Taylor’s stable) for its rich fruit and exotic aromatics.

Mary H Goudie's insight:

Vintage Port is my favorite  - rich & exotic - that suits me to a tee! What type of Port will you be drinking in 2014?

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How to Pair Port Wine with Cheese

How to Pair Port Wine with Cheese | Wine Liquid Lisbon | Scoop.it

One of the best-known cheese and port combinations is vintage port and Stilton, or any of the robust blue-veined cheeses. Vintage character or Late Bottled Vintage Port pairs well with a full-flavored, slightly salty or soft-ripened cheese.

Cheese Suggestions:

StiltonRoquefortBlue de BresseGorgonzolaBeenleigh BlueAzeitao (a ewe's milk cheese from Portugal)
Mary H Goudie's insight:

Look out for the Portuguese Cheese "Serpa" if you can find it in its fully cured & hard version. Would certainnly give Stilton a run for its money with  Vintage Ports. These special bottles unlike the Tawnies will have to be shared with friends, as just like fine wines they must be consumed within the week at most of popping the cork. 

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Portuguese Red Grape named Yellow!

Portuguese Red Grape named Yellow! | Wine Liquid Lisbon | Scoop.it

Did you know...? Tinta Amarela is a red grape variety. It's one of the most widely spread Portuguese varieties. It is a difficult grape variety to work with, characterized by irregular yields and somewhat susceptible to adverse moulds, but in good years it produces great wines. It has excellent acidity, soft, abundant tannins and intense aromas of plum and blackberry, resulting in balanced and elegant wines. Tinta Amarela is one of the varieties that can be found in the old vineyards of Quinta do Bom Retiro. It is also part of the blend of Ramos Pinto Duas Quintas classic red wine.

Mary H Goudie's insight:

Check our their site http://www.ramospinto.pt

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José Eduardo's comment, September 11, 2013 7:35 AM
In the south Portugal this variety is also known as Trincadeira.
Mary H Goudie's comment, September 11, 2013 7:44 AM
Name that Casta info - thanks Jose.